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Later that same year , Dr. Edward L. Thorndike published a paper about the relative learning speeds of "natural" and "modular" constructed languages. Both Shenton and Thorndike were major influences on IALA's work from then on.
However, it doesn't give a cite, or any details about the contents of, Thorndike's research or the paper he published on it. Can anyone identify this paper, summarize its contents, and supply a cite (and maybe a correction, if needed) for the History of Interlingua article? More specifically, what "natural" and "modular" conlangs did Thorndike use in his study, what were the native languages of his research subjects, and did he test for active as well as passive fluency in the learned conlangs? --Jim Henry (talk) 14:06, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Thorndyke should not be associated with active learning (however defined), which is a current phase he never used. All learning theorists and theories accept that animals can learn without instruction, which is obvious. The assertion that students learn better "if left alone" is a quite a different principle and not one that Thorndyke ever asserted. I seek to simply remove that sentence, which adds nothing to the article in addition to being false. Robotczar (talk) 16:46, 2 March 2015 (UTC)